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Episode 84: Healing Sexual Wounds featuring Leah Carey

Most of Leah Carey’s memories growing up are black spots. Her dad was an alcoholic and he was abusive to her and her mom. He would tell her how unhappy he was with her mother and that Leah should at all costs avoid growing up to be like her. He discussed his sex life with Leah, talked about her body in a sexual way, and exposed her to sexual content in the home. Even when she moved out of the house their relationship remained very strained and Leah increasingly felt like she was shrinking inside and that she needed to disappear. As an adult she took a trip that would mark the beginning of her sexual awakening. She had her first experience with a woman, learned about tantric sex, and began to heal from the trauma that had marked most of her life. Today Leah is a sex and intimacy coach and host of the podcast Good Girls Talk About Sex whose mission it is to empower women into being equal co-creators of their sexual experience.


I’m a writer, a teacher, a native New Yorker, and I love hearing about people’s lives. When I think back to my elementary school days at PS 20 in Flushing, Queens whenever we began social studies or a history lesson I wasn’t that interested in learning about battles, topography, or politics. What I wanted to know was how people lived: What their families were like, how they adapted to their circumstances, what they ate, how they celebrated, how they felt.

Sociology became my major at Binghamton University and in my life so far I’ve been an actress, a salesperson, a Zoo Keeper’s Aid, a volunteer animal trainer, an ELL teacher, a mother, and a wife. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had, all of which led me to create this podcast which is one of the most rewarding projects I’ve undertaken. I couldn’t ask for a better job than having in-depth conversations with survivors, thought leaders, authors, social justice warriors, and people who believe that we are all connected and then getting to share their stories, insight, and vulnerability with listeners.

I’m so glad you’ve landed on this page. I hope you find stories here which resonate with you and that you’ll tune in every week. 



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I co-hosted Mouthy/Messy/Mandatory with Katie Anthony, a weekly podcast where we talk current events, feminism, family, politics, celebrities, and what it’s like to be a woman right now. Listen wherever you get your podcasts!


KUOW’s The Record

I had the chance to speak with Bill Radke of KUOW’s The Record about my essays on Wild Wild Country and the effect Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh had on families.

Inside Voice

Thank you Jennifer Scharf of Inside Voice for interviewing me and inviting me to record my essay “Not So Glamorous”.